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Football: Panthers look for consistency, first win

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, September 20, 2017
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After a 14-7 setback to Jacksboro Friday, Paradise coach Ronnie Gage delivered the message that youth is no longer an excuse in the Panthers’ slow start.

“We’ve played two scrimmages and three ballgames,” Gage said. “It’s time to be accountable.”

The Panthers will try to break through and record their first win of the season at 7:30 p.m. Friday on homecoming against City View.

Paradise will need to improve its play on the offensive side of the ball. The Panthers managed 193 yards, but couldn’t find the end zone until midway through the fourth quarter.

“We played well in spurts,” Gage said. “We’re close. We had some penalties and dropped balls that hurt us.

“The fourth quarter we marched the ball down and scored but never got the ball back. It’s frustrating. But the kids have a great attitude and approach. We just need to be more consistent.”

The Paradise defense played solid against Jacksboro, forcing five turnovers.

The Panthers face a City View offense that ran for 156 yards and found the end zone once last week in a 14-0 win over Electra.

City View limited Electra to 152 yards and forced three turnovers, including a fumble returned for a touchdown.

“They are athletic and create problems with what they do,” Gage said. “We have to take it series by series.”

JACKSBORO 14, PARADISE 7

Jacksboro … 7 … 0 … 7 … 0 … – … 14
Paradise … 0 … 0 … 0 … 7 … – … 7

FIRST QUARTER

Jacksboro – 3:26, Hunter Jackson 36 run, Fernando Piedra kick

THIRD QUARTER

Jacksboro – 1:50, Jackson 25 run, Piedra kick

FOURTH QUARTER

Paradise – 4:16, Jace Essig 21 run, Jack Ishmael kick

JACKSBORO … PARADISE

First Downs … 15 … 8
Rushes-Yards … 53-211 … 31-177
Passing Yards … 49 … 16
Total Yards … 260 … 193
Comp-Att-Int … 4-9-2 … 0-7-2
Fumbles-Lost … 3-3 … 1-1
Penalties-Yards … 5-40 … 7-60

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING: Jacksboro, Caleb Keith 9-86. Paradise, Jace Essig 11-83, Jacob Robinson 12-82.

PASSING: Jacksboro, Payton Laake 4-9-2-49. Paradise, Essig 1-7-2-16.

RECEIVING: Jacksboro, Clay Botello 2-19. Paradise, Mitchell Sellers 1-16.

CITY VIEW (2-1) AT PARADISE (0-3)

7:30 p.m., Friday
at Panther Stadium

CITY VIEW HARRIS RATING: 190

CITY VIEW NOTABLE: The Mustangs shut out Electra last week, forcing 3 turnovers.

PARADISE HARRIS RATING: 185

PARADISE NOTABLE: The Panthers forced five turnovers in the loss to Jacksboro.

HARRIS LINE: City View by 3

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